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Public Sector Opportunities
POSITION: State Public Health Veterinarian, New Jersey Department of Health
DESCRIPTION: The New Jersey Department of Health is looking for a State Public Health Veterinarian. This position oversees the Zoonotic Disease Program, which includes zoonotic and vector-borne disease epidemiology as well as the Veterinary Public Health Program. Specific areas of responsibility include monitoring the incidence and prevalence of infectious and zoonotic diseases; providing guidance on prevention and control of reportable diseases and outbreaks in domestic companion animals; developing policies, guidelines, and regulations; serving as liaison with state and federal agencies working on zoonotic disease and veterinary public health; providing guidance, information, and training to public health and animal health partners, public officials, and policy-makers; monitoring and regulating the sanitary conduct and operation of licensed animal facilities and the certification of animal control officers; overseeing the state rabies vaccination program and the state spay/neuter program.
QUALIFICATIONS: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and Master’s degree in Public Health; public health experience (federal, state, or local agency) in either epidemiology or veterinary public health.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit cover letter, resume, and completed application form to the New Jersey Department of Health. Reference Posting #182-20.
POSITION: Research Biologist, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
DESCRIPTION: The Bacterial Disease Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Fort Collins, CO is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Biologist position. The federal pay grade of the position at hiring will depend upon the level of the applicant’s experience and credentials. Likely salary range will be from $84,118 - $109,358. The person sought will serve as a key member of an interdisciplinary entomology and ecology team. The primary activities of the team center around 1) identifying when and where persons are at risk for exposure to vector-borne bacterial pathogens (primarily focused on agents causing Lyme disease, tickborne relapsing fever, tularemia and plague), 2) elucidating how those pathogens are maintained in natural transmission cycles, and 3) developing and evaluating strategies to reduce human risk of exposure to ticks, fleas and their associated human pathogens. In addition to conducting research in these broad areas, we expect the successful candidate to be actively involved in service activities and to engage with external public health partners.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have a doctorate degree in Biological Sciences (preferably disease ecology, medical entomology, vector biology, or related specialties) with several years of post-doctoral experience, a robust publication record, and a strong desire to do applied public health entomology and ecology research and related service activities. Previous research experience focused on Lyme disease, plague, tularemia or tick-borne relapsing fever is desirable, but not required.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in early 2021. If you are interested in this opportunity, prior to August 31, 2020, please send the following to Rebecca Eisen:
- Cover letter
- Contact information for 3 professional references
Rebecca Eisen, Ph.D., Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3156 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSITION: Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.
Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels should have national or international reputations, robust and active research programs, and a history of mentorship and leadership to enable their success in building international research teams, educational programs and other aspects of leadership within the Department of Tropical Medicine.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested candidates should forward a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and leadership accomplishments, and names of 3 referees in a single pdf file to email@example.com with “Arbovirology Search Committee” in the subject space.
POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.
The successful candidates will join a growing team of collaborative and interdisciplinary researchers in Central New York in the expansion of a new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine, a SUNY-funded collaboration between ESF and UMU organizationally within the UMU Institute for Global Health and Translational Sciences (IGHTS). Utilizing the expertise of the successful candidate the Center will be able to leverage the robust facilities, faculty expertise, and platforms for research on a local and global scale to address the greatest challenges to environmental and human health. Linking local and global surveillance and research efforts will provide a unique opportunity for students, fellows and faculty. More information about the Center can be found by visiting the SUNY CEHM website.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral / Fellowships
POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Host-Microbe Interactions and Stem Cell Biology Aedes aegypti
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Nicolas Buchon at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study host-microbe interactions, epithelial dynamics and stem cell biology in Aedes aegypti. The research project, funded by NIH (R01-AI148529), will use a combination of omics (transcriptomics, epigenomics, single cell omics), functional genetics (transgenesis, CRISPR), microbiology and imaging to study how microbes and parasites influence epithelial dynamics in the mosquito midgut. Our project will cover studies involving a broad range of microbes including bacteria (pathogens and microbiota), plasmodium as well as viruses. This project is expected to contribute to the advancement of a molecular and cellular understanding of the mosquito midgut and reveal new aspects of its interaction with microbes. The studies will open new inroads for future research, with relevance to resistance and tolerance of mosquitoes to the disease they transmit.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have (or be close to earning) a Ph.D in vector biology, molecular or cellular biology, immunology / microbiology / host-microbe interactions, stem cell biology or a related biological discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology skills, and experience with omics are required. Strong interest in functional genetic approaches and the development of tools required to take these approaches is highly desired. Candidates with a strong expertise in vector biology, host-microbe interactions or stem cell biology will be preferred. Applicants should have a strong interest and experience in mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Nicolas Buchon at email@example.com. Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. The cover letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for this position. Informal inquiries are welcome. Consideration of applications will begin immediately.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Researcher - Phenological Forecasting
DESCRIPTION: Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position to develop phenological models in support of ongoing efforts to create a continental-scale forecast of mosquito activity. This project includes (1) developing predictive models of seasonality of mosquito species representative of specific life-history strategies and (2) implementing these models to generate real-time and short-term forecasts of mosquito activity as well as predictions of future changes in seasonal patterns of mosquito activity. This position is supported through funding from a US Geological Service Powell Center grant. Anticipated start date: October 1, 2020 (24 months of funding). Job responsibilities include the following:
- Integrate and synthesize large-scale mosquito monitoring datasets with environmental data (temperature, rainfall, hydrology) and the extensive literature on mosquito life-history-climate functional responses to model specific phenometrics (to be selected in conjunction with stakeholder communities and working group).
- Generate predictive relationships between climate variability and mosquito phenology at a macro-ecological scale.
- Implement these models to generate real-time and short-term forecasts of mosquito activity as well as predictions of future changes in seasonal patterns of mosquito activity.
- Effectively communicate and interact with scientists to define the requirements of the simulations and models. Obtain necessary input data for simulations and provide meaningful interpretation of modeling results to guide development of a continental-scale forecast of mosquito phenology.
- Disseminate knowledge through publications in technical journals and presentations at conferences, symposia, and review meetings. Provide reports on technical work and input to peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
- Collaborate with a working group and project investigators to plan and design projects, determine technical objectives, and interact with and provide regular project reports to a government client (USGS Powell Center).
- Organize and facilitate two USGS Powell Center workshops in collaboration with working group leads
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a Ph. D. graduate in Ecology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Applied Math, or a related field. Additional required qualifications include:
- A strong publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, with at least one first author publication
- Demonstrated experience communicating results at national or international conferences
- Ability to work independently and in teams to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines.
- Strong background in ecological forecasting; fluent in numerical methods, statistics, and/or Bayesian analysis
- Familiarity with model development and/or population modelling
- Fluency in Python or R
- Experience with high performance and/or cloud computing, linux shells, and GPU usage
- Experience with collaborative coding and version control systems (e.g. GitHub)
- Development of end-user applications of models
- Exposure to phenological data
- Familiarity with integrating disparate datasets that collected by variety of agencies
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Please send position inquiries to Katherine LeVan, PhD, Insect Ecologist / Biorepository Scientist, National Ecological Observatory Network, klevan@BattelleEcology.org.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Population Genomics of Range Expansion and Adaptation
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the Armbruster lab at Georgetown University to study the population genomics of range expansion and climatic adaptation in the invasive mosquito, Aedes albopictus. The focus of the project is to: 1) use whole-genome sequence data to determine the evolutionary history of the world-wide range expansion of Aedes albopictus, 2) develop genomic tools to rapidly identify the origin of new invasive populations, and 3) identify the genetic basis of life-history adaptation across the species range. The project will leverage historical data and samples to identify allochronic evolutionary changes at both the molecular and phenotypic level. This is a collaborative project with Gisella Caccone’s lab at Yale that will involve extensive interaction between the research teams at Georgetown and Yale. The position will also include an opportunity to develop additional research projects. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional 1.5 years based on excellent performance. Starting salary will be approximately $49,000 per year with benefits. The start date is flexible, but sometime in October thru December of 2020 would be ideal.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have completed their PhD in evolutionary biology or a related discipline with a demonstrated record of research productivity and publication. The project will involve substantial insect husbandry, molecular biology and bioinformatics analyses. Candidates with expertise in two of these three areas will be given preference, and a desire to work in all three areas is essential.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin July 1st, 2020, and continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should submit the following material to Peter Armbruster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “postdoc application” in the subject line: 1) A CV including names and contact information of three references, and 2) A one-page research statement describing previous accomplishments and long-term goals. Informal inquiries prior to submission of a full application are encouraged.
Professional Development & Training Opportunities
eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.
American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
Certification in Public Health Entomology
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.
CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.
Entomological Society of America Certification Programs
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
- Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.
NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.
Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)
A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Additional Career Websites
American Mosquito Control Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Entomological Society of America
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
National Association of County and City Health Officials
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association
Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Society for Vector Ecology
Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board